In the aftermath of clumsily changing his mind about signing with the Dallas Mavericks in 2015, DeAndre Jordan fired his agent. That was hardly the surprising part; his decision to leave the Los Angeles Clippers for Dallas, only to back out of the deal, was a train wreck from start to finish. What was really weird was that Jordan didn't sign with a new agent until this week, more than two years later. Changing agents is nothing new in the NBA, especially for Jordan, who had employed three different agencies to represent him in contract negotiations in his first seven seasons. When he fired Dan Fegan in 2015, whose cozy relationship with Mavs owner Mark Cuban cast a shadow over the initial decision to sign with Dallas, Jordan was required by players association rules to wait 15 days to hire a new one. "He was deciding between Jeff [Schwartz] and Rich Paul," a person familiar with Jordan's thinking told Bleacher Report. "I had heard back then that he was 100 percent signing with Jeff." Then, nothing. Crickets. Schwartz, of Excel Sports Management, is the most prolific agent in the business with 40 NBA clients commanding more than $400 million in annual salary, according to HoopsHype.com. Ten of them are All-Stars, and seven are on max contracts, according to the site. Paul, of Klutch Sports Group, represents the most famous player on the planet, LeBron James, as well as John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Ben Simmons and others. Over the next two seasons, the Clippers won 53 and 51 games, respectively, but were bounced from the playoffs in the first round both years. Just days before the 2017 draft, the team hired legendary executive Jerry West as a consultant. Less than 10 days later, All-Star Chris Paul was granted his wish and traded to the Houston Rockets to team up with ball-dominant scoring machine James Harden.
DeAndre Jordan's Decision to Hire Agent Has NBA Trying to Guess His Next Move
Bleacher Report | Dec 11